Sunshine on the Boardwalk (February 8)

The sun was bright, and the air was warm, and the boardwalk called for an afternoon outing!

The boardwalk leads down from street level, over the railroad tracks, and out onto the water, where it travels along shore until it joins up with Boulevard Park at the other end.

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Just on the other side of the left-hand railing, a Belted Kingfisher perched on a branch overlooking the waves, brightly lit, and…

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So! Feisty!

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At the bottom of the ramp is a little pier, where boats can moor for a short time, and where you can sit on the edge…

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And lean over to study the micro-environment of mussels, seaweed, and small sea creatures.

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The water was an amazing shade of jade and gold in the bright sunshine…

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A brilliant back-drop for all of the elegant sea-ducks out on parade on this fine afternoon!

Juvenile Common Goldeneyes…

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Not far from the adult male Common Goldeneye…

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A pair of Red-Breasted Mergansers…

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And an impossibly-bright Mallard paddling along the limestone shore!

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A short stroll down the boardwalk leads to a small beach, one of our favorite little areas for a quick getaway. It’s full of “perfect spots”…For climbing…

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And swinging…

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Investigating…

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And “cheese-ing”!

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And the steady lap of small waves, each a perfect series of perfect sculptures in constant motion, a soothing counterpoint to all the excitement…

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Be still, and know that I am God…(Psalm 46:10)

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